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D. Edwards

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  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (660)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Happy to have discovered this series"
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    What did you love best about Rogue Island?

    The fact that it was fast paced, and I didn't feel like I'd read the story before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The excitement and the small town feel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction. This is a good story though.


    Any additional comments?

    I was thoroughly entertained by this book and wanted to know what was going to happen right the way through. Definitely going to continue with this series. Pleased to have found this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (733)

    It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

    C. ALLINGER says: "Stiefvater does it again!"
    "A great start to another interesting series."
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    Where does The Raven Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top ones.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Raven Boys?

    When the group realize the truth about Noah.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As above.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Adam's home situation.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book meant for a young adult/youth audience, but I rarely let such classifications put me off, even though I am far from a teen myself. I've read all of this authors other books and find them to be very refreshing. They offer Supernatural fiction with a nice twist of darkness. The stories have a fairy tale type quality that I find hypnotic and some truly interesting characters. I love the way the author let's us learn about her characters, and am already in love with these boys, although each of them is totally different.This tale is no different from the others in that it has several layers to it which I can't wait to unfold. Looking forward to the next. Will Patton is a great narrator for this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Uninvited Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (310)

    Alison and her resident gumshoe ghost are on their next case when the deceased Scott MacFarlane floats in worried that he accidentally killed a prominent local woman. Turns out she's still alive...that is, of course, until she's murdered - in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of her guests and the arrival of a reality television crew, Alison must find the killer before she sees reality from the other side.

    Beatrice says: "Great follow up"
    "Another entertaining book from a fun series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it well performed, a little different and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that its a little different. I couldn't say I'd read a similar story somewhere else.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda Ronconi is perfect for reading these kind of stories, I love her slightly sarcastic and easy going rendition.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is not an extreme kind of story, its an entertaining, easy listen.


    Any additional comments?

    If you feel like something a little different with a murderous and Supernatural twist, you should try this series. This book is number two and follows on nicely from the previous book without recovering old ground.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Tom Mison
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1112)

    In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

    Sara says: "Treasures Of Jolly Autumn"
    "Most enjoyable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is a classic which is rather dull to read, and perfectly read by Mr. Mison.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't like any of the characters. I'm not sure you are meant to.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Mison – was your favorite?

    Tom Mison's reading was excellent all round.


    If you could take any character from Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None, why on earth would I want to do that?


    Any additional comments?

    I still don't get why this story is held in such high esteem, but I thoroughly enjoyed a cold November afternoon listening to Tom read it to me while I did some cooking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Webb
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (225)

    Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Convoluted"
    "Predicatble, but good for a rainy afternoon."
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    Would you listen to The Vanishing again? Why?

    No, the key to this book is the mystery, albeit a fairly predictable one. Now I know the story I wouldn't listen again, its not exactly complicated and I struggle a bit with this narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all clichés, so all good characters for this kind of story, but there was no one to really like or admire. As clichés of the romantic Scotsman go, I liked him I suppose.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Thankfully Xe didn't sound as bored and sarcastic as in a previous recording that I had to send back, but her intonations when reading are a little odd and I didn't find the way she read suspenseful. Her Scottish accent like many American narrators was awful.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Vanishing and why?

    Like I said, all the characters were clichés, so no one sticks in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this story because it was exactly what I was expecting and in the mood for. It was a lite,easy to get into ghost mystery. Totally predictable, utterly clichéd, but perfect for a dreary afternoon.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (754)

    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    Grcla says: "Very good"
    "Expertly read."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The fact that the culprit is so obvious. I read this book some years ago and never read the rest of the set as I found the plot line too simple and knew who the killer was the moment they came into the story. People keep telling me I'm missing out with this series so I decided to revisit the book and listen to the story instead. I still feel the same. Too obvious!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No surprises here then!


    Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I thought he was an excellent narrator.


    Was Dissolution worth the listening time?

    Yes, despite being obvious, its really well read and offers a slightly different perspective on the Tudor court. The historic information is very interesting and its not a bad mystery, just an obvious one.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a credit or if on special offer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (552)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "Light hearted fun"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they are looking for something light hearted and a little different.


    If you’ve listened to books by E.J. Copperman before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first, but I might try others now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the churchyard towards the end of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As above.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • These Things Hidden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn, Angela Lin, Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (328)

    Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.

    C. Morris says: "Please save yourself the time"
    "Predictable but entertaining"
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    If you could sum up These Things Hidden in three words, what would they be?

    Predictable, entertaining, sad.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gus because everyone else was so needy and selfish. He was the only character who wasn't.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene at the bottom of the river.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found this story rather depressing... it made me sad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wraith: Hawaiian Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edie Claire
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Seventeen-year-old Kali has always seen two sets of people: those living now, and those who lived before. But on her spring break in Hawaii, she is suddenly surrounded by more shadows than ever. Including one who, unlike the others, can see her too.

    LilMissMolly says: "Excellent ghost story!"
    "Clearly for teens, but I loved it anyway."
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    Where does Wraith rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly highly, its well read and is a good story. Made me want to hear the next in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zane of course!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Completely. I hoped I'd figured out what was going on pretty early in the story, but wasn't completely sure, I just wanted to know that everything would end the way that I wanted it too. I really bought into the story and the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, this is teen fiction, its a great story and well worth a listen if you like paranormal romance type novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1715)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1612)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "Fabulous perfomance, even better then I'd hoped."
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    What did you love best about Neverwhere [Adaptation]?

    I loved the performances of all stars in this production. James McAvoy was perfect. The way this story was performed transported me straight into Neverwhere which I was very happy to rediscover. It was even better then I'd hoped and remembered.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (651)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Very Entertining. Prepare for coffee craving."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of On What Grounds to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Old New York and coffee. This was really a very light hearted story, but the underlying information about the role of coffee in peoples lives and the importance of its preparation was very interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Gibel – was your favorite?

    CC.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I Craved coffee. Had to make coffee runs.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the kind of story that sucks you in and entertains. Perfect for a rainy afternoon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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